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What We Love

  • Daily breakfast and welcome margaritas are included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Every spacious suite contains a living area and kitchenette
  • Individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland: One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools
  • The eight-room boutique property has a glam past: Raquel Welch stayed here, and Vogue and Italian Elle have used the property as a photo shoot location

What To Know

  • Free WiFi and calls to the U.S.
  • Legendary “Silver” Maria Cortez designed the property; it's recently received a facelift from her grandson, Alexander
  • The apartments are nestled back along the Rio Cuale, away from the chaos of Puerto Vallarta’s tourist zone
  • Many of the suites have room for up to five people, perfect for groups or family reunions
  • Each guestroom has its own unique layout; specific rooms are not guaranteed


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Spa
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Storied celeb favorite guesthouse on Puerto Vallarta’s Rio Cuale, with an indoor lap pool and a rooftop hot tub

The Lowdown

Picture yourself in a photo shoot at this all-villa boutique resort in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town. The four-room, four-suite property has hosted such Hollywood celebs as Raquel Welch and served as the backdrop for spreads in Vogue and Italian Elle. It’s easy to see why: The individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland. In the Green Room you’ll find pastel cherubs painted on the walls, a giant brass chandelier and a deep green soaking tub in the black marble bathroom. The two-story Candelaria suite skews pink, with a black-and-rose checkerboard floor, pink-and-turquoise satin linens and an ornate trompe l’oeil headboard with (real) candelabras on either side of the bed. And in the Carlotta suite, a huge Venetian crystal chandelier hangs above a cherrywood dining table, and twinkling wall lights bounce off the room’s handmade mosaic flooring (don’t worry, the lights have a dimmer). One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools.

In the Area

Rivera del Rio’s prime location in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, just south of Rio Cuale, makes it easy to get around this bustling beach town. Wander down to Playa los Muertos, Vallarta’s most popular beach, for a day of sunbathing and beach bar hopping in this quaint, cobblestoned neighborhood; city ordinances mandate the district’s white buildings and red tile roofs, and they prohibit neon signs. Or venture north of the river to explore the renowned Malecon and the picturesque Gringo Gulch neighborhood; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton reportedly began their affair there while filming The Night of the Iguana in 1963. To get away from the touristy zone, take a 45-minute water taxi ride to Yelapa, a no-car island village with only 1,500 residents, many of them hippies and artists. Water sports aplenty are on offer, but no one would blame you for spending the day on the beach, feasting on fresh coconut slices and chocolate pie sold by vendors on the beach.

How to Get There

Rivera del Rio Boutique Hotel
104 Rivera del Rio
Puerto Vallarta, 48380 Mexico


5.0 Excellent 749 Reviews
Sure cute!
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love staying at this boutique hotel, walking distance to old town and malecon. The art work and decor is eclectic and beautiful and service is top notch!! Breakfast in the morning is delicious and rooftop pool is refreshing on a hot afternoon. Will definitely stay here again!

Loved our stay in this stylish hotel
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had an amazing stay at Rivera del Río we stayed in the Carlota room and it was adorable. The breakfast in the morning was first class and Ignacio was amazing. Loved every detail and the pool was so refreshing after a day at the beach. We look forward to staying again here soon.

Very special place
Reviewed 1 week ago

This unique 8 room B&B is the find of a lifetime of travel. A former mansion located in a residential area directly Along the tree shaded banks of the Rio Cuale is an unexpected pleasure in Puerto Vallarta. It is located in a residential neighborhood removed by only a couple of blocks from the rest of this tourist Mecca. Yet it is only a 10 minute walk to the beach or the Malecon. This lovely and quirky place has individually named and decorated rooms and suites filled with colorful, whimsical art and Mexican antique furnishings. Every surface has been lovingly touched by an experienced artist. There is a very nice rooftop pool and tiled jacuzzi with views of the jungle covered mountains and the city rooftops that is a comfortable place to meet other guests and have a cool drink. The breakfasts are made to order from a good selection and excellent cooks. Enjoy coffee on the balcony overlooking the river and watch the playing birds, the dog walkers and the large iguanas sunning in the trees. For 12 days I never went anywhere else for breakfast..As a solo traveler, I especially appreciated the personable nature of the owner, manager and all of the staff. Even with everything the place has to offer, it is the staff that made my visit special. Thanks to Ignacio, Marta, Israel for all of the stimulating conversations. I cannot wait to see you all again.

Excellent Getaway
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent three nights in the Candelaria Suite and enjoyed everything about my stay. The room was unique in design and decor, spacious, and comfortable. I really liked having a private entrance on the ground floor, the main bed and bath on the second level, and a kitchen and private outdoor seating area on the third level. I didn't use the small pool on the third level, but I loved the hot tub with panoramic views on the southern half of the fourth level. Reaching the lobby by ascending through the northern half of the fourth level and back down to the second level was an adventure but not suited for people with mobility issues. Staff were friendly and helpful. Being able to enjoy breakfast with a view over the river was a plus. There was a mix of singles, couples, and families in the hotel, and it seemed like a place that would make pretty much anybody happy. I will make an effort to stay here again the next time I visit Puerto Vallarta.

Wonderful Mexican villa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for 5 nights and absolutely loved it. I had the top room with its private balcony facing the garden and the river, and could have stayed there forever. The room was so beautiful and cosy, the shower room huge, and the general vibe at the hotel very nice and cool.

It's only a few minutes walk from the beach, they have umbrellas and chairs to borrow and also a small pool in the courtyard. The location is perfect for restaurants and evening activities too. Will definitely go back!